Former Wando and South Carolina standout Mike Cisco is among the six finalists for the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2019 class.
Cisco is joined by longtime coach and current Porter-Gaud assistant Tony Cadden, Summerville state champion Bo Parks, former College of Charleston coach John Pawlowski and Citadel legends Steve Arrington and Michael Montei.
Two inductees will be decided by fan voting. A third will be chosen by the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame advisory committee. The three honorees will be enshrined on August 3 at Joe Riley Jr. Park prior to the Charleston RiverDogs’ home game against Delmarva.
Voting is available at Joe Riley Jr. Park or online at RiverDogs.com until June 5.
Cisco was named to the South Carolina AAAA all-state team and was member of the SC/NC Select All-Star team his senior year at Wando in 2005. He posted a 19-10 record for South Carolina from 2006-08, and was dubbed “our Greg Maddux” by Gamecocks coach Ray Tanner.
Cisco, the grandson of former MLB pitching coach Galen Cisco, was a dependable starter on very good USC teams that always reached the NCAA Tournament. He pitched in the minors for six seasons, compliing a 33-26 record and reaching Triple-A.
Arrington, a 2017 Citadel Hall of Fame inductee, was named the 1973 Southern Conference baseball player of the year after leading the Souther Conference in strikeouts (93 in 65 innings pitched), home runs (6) and RBIs (28) and was named to the South Carolina College Coaches All-Star team at both right fielder and pitcher. He was a member of the 1971 SoCon Championship team that went 22-9 under Coach Chal Port. Arrington pitched a pair of one-hitters, and held the school single-season records for strikeouts with 213 (196 IP) in 1973, complete games (8 in 1972), and shutouts (3 in 1971), and was second in ERA (0.96) in 1973.
Cadden won three state championships as a player at Country Day High School during his final three seasons from 1973-75 and went on to play collegiately at North Greenville. He coached recreation baseball on James Island after college. He coached coached a team in the South Carolina Collegiate Summer League for two years and took the S.C. College All-Stars to Cincinnati for the Collegiate Summer League World Series. Cadden coached coached American Legion Post 147 baseball team for 20 years, raising over $100,000 during his tenure to fund the program so players would not have to pay to play. He led Post 147 teams to several league titles and a pair of state runner-up titles. More than 100 of his players played collegiately. Eight former players played professional baseball. Cadden was also an associate scout for the Texas Rangers for eight years and is currently an associate scout for the New York Mets.
Montei, a 2005 Citadel Hall of Fame inductee, is a two-time member of the All-Southern Conference baseball team and a four-year letterman. His 30 victories, along with Hall of Famer Dick Almes ’60, set the standard for all Citadel pitchers. When he graduated in 1987, Montei was tied as the second all-time winningest pitcher in military college history, and also held school records for most innings pitched in a season (99.1 in ’87) and career (315), and most career appearances (64).
Parks played on Summerville’s 1978 and ‘79 state championship baseball and football teams. He posted a 56-6 career high school pitching record, with seven no-hitters. He also holds the state record for consecutive wins in a season with a 16-0 record in 1979. He’s tied for first in state history in career no hitters (4) tied for second in most strikeouts in a game (20), tied for third in most consecutive shutout (4) and ranks fifth in most consecutive wins (20). Parks was inducted into the Dorchester School District 2 Hall of Fame in 2000.
Pawlowski turned College of Charleston into a Southern Conference powerhouse during his nine seasons from 2000-08. He led Cougars to at least 36 wins six times, three NCAA Regional appearances and a Super Regional appearance in 2006. He was a three-time SoCon Coach of the Year. Thirty-eight former Cougars were drafted (including a school-record nine in 2008) or signed free agent contracts under Pawlowski. He coached three SoCon Players of the Year, four SoCon Pitchers of the Year and a Freshman of the Year.
Pawlowski finished his tenure at College of Charleston with a record of 338-192, including a 2004-07 window in which the Cougars established a SoCon record for most wins in a four-year span (180-67). The Cougars’ 48-15 record in 2005 is still the most wins in SoCon history, as is their 95-31 combined overall record over two seasons in 2004-05 (47-16 in 2004, 48-15 in 2005). The Cougars’ 27-3 league mark in 2005 is the best in SoCon history, as is its 52-8 league record over two seasons (25-5 in 2004, 27-3 in 2005). Pawlwoski left CofC to become head coach at Auburn in 2009 and is currently the head coach at Western Kentucky. He pitched in the majors for the Chicago White Sox.